ASCAP is, of course, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. So it is appropriate that writers and publishers comprise ASCAP's board of directors, who guide the actions of the performance rights organization.

"I've been able to see ASCAP from the inside because I was on the board," hit-making songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam says. "I like the idea of a board representing songwriters and publishers and it's made up of songwriters and publishers. The creative people are going to look out for the creative people. That's what it's all about."

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